Fans of the 1994 video game Sonic The Hedgehog tie Fervor Records to long standing musical mystery involving the iconic game and the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson.
Video game pioneer, Sega, originally tapped Michael Jackson to contribute music to their flagship Sonic The Hedgehog franchise. Jackson’s involvement has been shrouded in mystery with some fans believing Michael’s song Who Is It served as the inspiration for Sonic’s Ice Cap level, while others attributed the inspiration to Smooth Criminal. The singer’s pending legal woes and conflicting opinions regarding the sound chip in the game system caused Michael to step back from the project but his musical director, Brad Buxer, remained on the gig. Over a decade earlier Buxer was part of the popular New Wave outfit, The Jetzons.
Enter Fervor Records who acquired The Jetzons catalog in 2008. The label uncovered several unreleased tracks in the archives and re-packaged the cult masterpiece as,The Complete Jetzons. Die hard Hedgehog fans discovered The Jetzons’ 1983 song, Hard Times (from the Fervor release), as the obvious basis for Sonic 3′s Icecap level. This dismisses Jackson’s involvement by directly tying Brad Buxer to the much debated soundtrack. The discovery has spread like wildfire on the internet prompting multiple Hard Times/Sonic mashup re-mixes and audio wave analysis. YouTube, gamer boards and blogs continue to light up.
Sonic The Hedgehog now celebrates its 20th anniversary. A re-mastered version launched as an app for both Android and iOS earlier this month. It will also roll out as a new animated series slated for Fall 2014. The Complete Jetzons is available at digital e-railers worldwide.
Special thanks to Serene Dominic and The Phoenix New Times for interview and feature with Fervor execs. We are honored to support valley artists by bringing them exposure on national television! Read the full article here on The Phoenix New Times!
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New Lionsgate suspense-thriller The Frozen Ground hits theaters this weekend and sports not one, not two, but SEVEN songs from the Fervor catalog, and all of them are artists from Arizona.
Starring A-listers Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, 50 Cent and Vanessa Hudgens, this true-story takes place in 1980′s Anchorage where a serial killer had been on the loose for years, killing dozens of young women and burying them in the tundra. One victim escapes and enlists the help of a state trooper to find her assailant and get justice.
Keeping up with the authenticity of the truth-based story, the music selection is derived from original 30+ year old recordings. The 7 Fervor cuts come from a handful of critically acclaimed, wildly popular bands of the early 80′s Phoenix music scene.
Two syncs come from ultra-cool New Wave sensation The Jetzons. They are 4-3-1 and Real Time, found on the Fervor Records release The Complete Jetzons.
Another one was an offering by their colleagues, Power Pop pioneers Blue Shoes. The track is Hey, from the Fervor Records release The Best of Blue Shoes.
And for fans of the rough and tumble Oi! branch of Punk, The Rogues track Triumph Over Will is in the mix, available on the Fervor Records release Oi! Detroit.
And finally, there’s Loosely Tight. This band packed arenas with the glory of straight-ahead Rock and Roll, and managed to land THREE songs from their Fervor Records release The Best of Loosely Tight in the film. The tracks are: Let Me Go Crazy, These Walls Between, and Fightin’ Society.
Catch all 7 Fervor tunes in the new suspense film, and get a thrill from not only a gruesome true story, but also a nice full hit of the trendsetting music scene from early 80′s Phoenix, AZ.